Jockey Florent Geroux had a homecoming to remember when he returned to Arlington Park Saturday to win four graded stakes on Arlington Million Day. That riding feat led to him to him being named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week award for August 8th – August 14th. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.
Geroux started a run of three straight graded stakes win when he captured the Grade 3 American St. Ledger Stakes aboard Da Big Hoss for trainer Mike Maker in the sixth race. He would immediately return to the winners circle in the seventh when he guided three-year-old Beach Patrol through a long stretch battle and proved narrowly best over Long Island Sound in Saturday’s Grade 1 $450,000 Secretariat Stakes.
Owner Martin Schwartz captured a record 4th win in the Grade 1 $700,000 Beverly D. when Geroux piloted Sea Calisi (FR) to a perfectly timed finish, earning her a “Win and You’re In” spot in the gate of the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
The pair broke cleanly from post 13, and then settled toward the rear while moving inwards to save ground. Geroux waited patiently as the leaders set fairly quick early fractions then swung five wide entering the stretch. A nice closing kick from Sea Calisi (FR) would secure the half-length victory while holding off a fast closing run from Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Al’s Gal.
It would take a bit of outside influence to reach the winners circle for a fourth graded stakes win for Geroux when the winner of the Grade 3 $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes was decided by the stewards. Geroux and Noble Beauty, who finished the race in second for trainer Chad Brown, would become the beneficiaries of an incident involving the first and third place finishers. The pair would be placed first following the disqualification of the Mike Maker trained Try Your Luck giving Geroux his fifth winner of the day.
Geroux’s agent Doug Bredar said the immediate plans for his top turf rider are to continue to enjoy his first full season competing at Saratoga Racecourse while looking forward to a return to Kentucky Downs in September. Geroux will attempt to win his second straight riding title at the all turf course located in Franklin, Kentucky.
For the week Geroux won 33% of his races going seven for 21 while topping all riders in earnings with a total of $1,018,007.
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